Yesterday, March 6, 2009, was a gloomy day for both the showbiz and music industries. Francis Magalona died at 12 noon due to multiple organ failure. Second semester of 2008, he was diagnosed of blood cancer, more popularly known as leukemia .
I still remember receiving a forwarded email from a friend some months back. It was one of Francis Magalona’s blog entries on his battle of leukemia and bone marrow transplant. There were picture embedded in that blog entry. It was really brave of him to post those hospital photos. But it showed how strong he was battling that dreadfull illness. And it was even inspring that he termed it Happy Battle. I have kept that email and still rests in my office inbox as it was too inspiring for me.
I can say I’m one of Francis M’s secret fans. I may not be a rap enthusiast but I like most of his music. Mga Kababayan Ko, Cold Summer Nights and Kaleidoscope World, just to name a few. His first rap song, Mga Kababayan Ko, has a mark on me. My late Tatay was able to hear and appreciate that song before he passed away in 1991. Tatay and I have different taste when it comes to song preference. We would always argue every Sunday whenever he puts KY 91.5 on the radio. That station plays those mega-oldies songs over and over again. And he would always get angry whenever I try to touch the dial. But whenever we hear Francis M’s song, Mga Kababayan ko, Tatay and I would always smile and listen to that nice rap song together.
I got saddened when heard the news from a colleague’s radio that Francis Magalona has passed on. I thought he was a bit too young to die. He was just 44 years old. But I guess he was able to make use those 44 years the best way he can. His passion for the the arts and undying love for the country was really inspirational. I don’t normally watch the local channels, but today I decided to tune in to Eat Bulaga on hopes that they will pay tribute to FM. They apparently dedicated the entire show just for him. As I was watching the show, I felt the overflowing love of his peers not only from the show but also from the big world he lived in.
He is indeed an icon. A true legend who made an idelible mark in the music industry. His music and artistry will continue to live on. His legacy will linger on forever.
My condolences to the Magalona family. May FM’s good soul find rest in the loving arms of our Creator.